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Monotonik

Monotonik is an Internet-only music label that _exclusively_ releases electronic music online in the mp3 format - subscribe to our RSS feed to get info on the latest releases.

In their words: All of our releases are freely downloadable and distributable for personal, non-commercial use, and we've been releasing .mp3 and .mod files online since May 1996. We offer mellow and melodic 'idm' electronic music, alongside bleep-inflected retro videogame soundtrack stylings, plus selections of more uptempo breakbeat, drum and bass, and 'nu chill', courtesy DJs, groups, and producers from all over the world. More information about the label is available at our main website, http://www.monotonik.com

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Monotonik
by Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance
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More rewording and reordering as Substance takes elements from two previous releases (Tek's mp3 "Benedict" and Prob+Ebb's "Stylez") and merges and melds to come up with this mellifluous hybrid. It's fun to play with sounds, isn't it? Watch out for a simultaneous/near-simultaneous Malik remix of "Stylez" on Theralite (http://pigforce.warande.net/theralite), incidentally.. mmm, synchronicity can be so constructive, hm?
Topics: Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance, Prob., Ebb, Tek, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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back once again it's the renegade master.. oops, sorry, we're off into our fatboy slim remix mode for a second.. we said, brimful of asha on the for-tee fiiive. ohno, there we go again. actually, what we're trying to spit out is that mono211 hath returned with another mortimer special. the very strange "under" is dedicated to master of sonic terrorism vim!, and the excellent bonus track, a remix of mortimer's earlier m211 release, "mood", appeared some days after the...
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Already out on 'limited dub plate' lha-archive release, but only available to the very luckiest of Amiga owners, this storming intelligent drum+bass track now comes out via official Mono methods. Turn those speakers _up_, sonny, before we come round and tell you to turn them up some more. And watch out for a "Minimal Response EP" from the utterly charming blonde Substance-abuser.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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The return of the Mack, wouldn't you know it, and it's with a brand-new composed jungle track. Mortimer reckons b-boy science is the way to go, but the drum n' bass still puts us in our place, huh? Please note that this is numero duo in the 'mono-back-on-track' series. And watch out for more Mortimer Twang stuff on Mono soon. If you would.
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Well, here's a phenomenal guest-star blaster from Mortimer Twang, and there's a long and complicated story behind this one. :) Basically, Mr. Twang sent me a letter after I sent him a letter after he sent Dreamfish a letter after he heard some of our releases after I used his cool IFF2ASCII in the Mono releases after God made the Earth, but Mortimer's package to me got mangled and the letter got lost out of it in the post, and I wasn't really sure what the hell was going on, but I hope it's ok...
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The return of the Mack, wouldn't you know it, and it's with a brand-new composed jungle track. Mortimer reckons b-boy science is the way to go, but the drum n' bass still puts us in our place, huh? Please note that this is numero duo in the 'mono-back-on-track' series. And watch out for more Mortimer Twang stuff on Mono soon. If you would.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Well, straight out of the vaults of the wondrousness that is Black Sista, the first in a number of classic releases for Mortimer Tee tracks. Remember to catch the BS! kidz at http://www.publishnet.nl/~orlingo, And remember, composing jazzy funky hiphop stuff like Mortimer does _is_ big. and clever. ;) Watch out for new material from him on both Black Sista and Mono211, pretty darn soon. Can you wait? [btw, some people might doubletake, since these Mortimer tracks are allegedly 'already...
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Wow. I hate being accused of over-hyping Mono, but this track just rules. I've been listening to almost constantly ever since Mortimer Tee mailed it to me about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I'm delighted I finally got a chance to release it. What's the step above that Mortimer takes? I'm not really sure, but his tunes have so much soul, and that's all too often missing in MODs. And yet, it's got the moves too - listen to that drum-break strut and spin. *sigh*. Anyhow, enough hype. Just enjoy.
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Figured it was about time everyone heard sumting new from one of the smartest Mono members, so it's time for a new EP from the King of Twang, Mr. Tee himself. So we got a wikkid styled jungle in suitably mangled style, and we even got a handsindaair house cut in a style we don't really hear people doing on the computer. Do we? Anyhow, we rather suspect that this one rules, so chill out and listen.
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Quiet, please. If I could have your attention? Finland's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest is "Phonk Phaq". The orchestra will be conducted by some blunted kidz from the ghetto. There will be a fine jungle remix courtesy of Substance's brain (tm). And the lord shall be happy, and he will decree that it was good. And people will cherish and enjoy this Mono release forever. Amen.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Well, here's the sister piece to the rather wicked "Streetbeat", and whereas that tune was a freestyle jam, this one's a straight-forward example of Mortimer Tee chopping things up like only he can. :) Please note that this tune has been licensed from the Black Sista Allstarz, who are officially(tm) kicking it in 96. :P And watch out for more static+reverb-soaked Wu-Twang Clan ramblings in the near future.. murderah!
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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It's difficult to find anything to say about this tune, because it's just so.... mmmmm. The drums, the melodies, the style seem to mesh like Sabres of Paradise managed so well on "Smokebelch", and Substance is truly the jewel in Mono's crown. Just you wait til we start releasing his drum n bass tunes, then you'll truly freek out. :) Overstated, us? never. ;)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Back again on the label with the mono and the 2 and the 1 and the 1, it's the finnish groove-god hymn-self with some real chilled jazzy action. why _do_ we like the jazz-chill-groove so much? it's definitely partly to do with the fact we release over the Net, and so people listen at home on their computers.. beats that sound kickass in clubs sometimes sound boring at home, and vice versa, which we think is a mistake a lot of sceners make. but with our forthcoming videogame and vinyl action...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Wu-Twanging it into '96, Mortimer Tee shows us how that funky drummer thing is done. Again. What's nice about Mortimer's tunes is that they're original, stylistically. Some cool dub influences, skirting the hiphop/jungle border skilfully, looping and skipping his way to a blunted existence, that's our Mr. Tee. Wonder if he sprung Face from the mental hospital to help him with this effort? :)
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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When our brainwaves aren't stimulated, we run the risk of becoming brain dead. Substance has negated this risk with his very own minimal response to the question "are we here?". This is possibly the deepest Mono has got into the science of nothing meaning everything - keep listening, you'll understand in the end. maybe.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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elvis has entered the building. a little stoned rumble of thunder heralds the return of mortimer tee. here's just one of the succulent new tracks - taking horizontalizm to new heights. horizontal heights, naturally. 'long time no see. here i am, sweet tee'. nice to have you back, good buddy.
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A new year, a new song. hah. This time round minimalist techno sorta gets warped round triphop, courtesy of Substance, and a nice kinda melange gets spewed out. And am I the only one that thinks the bass sounds like a certain Neneh Cherry + Youssou N`Dour song? heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by BayTremore+Ramone+Substance
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It's tricky. In some danger of becoming the Penn and Teller of the underground scene - now you see him, now you don't? With the undercurrents of the macabre but the straightahead gobsmacking in there too, it's a valid comparison, but, let's face it, Bay Tremore just ain't that.. sick. Although perhaps some of his basslines are a little.. evil :) Anyhow, in the latest instalment he takes on some of the recent mono211 releases from ramone and substance, gives them a good seeing-to, and dumps them...
Topics: BayTremore+Ramone+Substance, Bay Tremore, Ramone, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Mortimer Tee returns to play with himself - and in public, too. ;) Yup, this excellent remix EP sees him revisiting and remixing a couple of his classy tunes from a while back. And there's going to be more original Mortimer tracks coming up soon. In the meantime, enjoy..
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Substance strikes back with a Mono release which isn't minimalist trance. :) In fact, Substance's style extends way past tranceland (check out the melodic junglism of his Assembly96 tune, "The Hub", or indeed "Drum+Bass Frenzie"), and this time he's cooked up an intriguing tekno with metal breaks and frazzled synths piece, inspired by a certain Aphex Twin collaborator, Mike Paradinas. Nice, sorted, and damn original. Oh, and the title means something very silly in a...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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First in the series of _serious_ 'quality-not-quantity' trip on Mono, this EP from Substance highlights the new directions elektronik musik is going in nowadays - think Warp, Rephlex, Squarepusher, et al. And let's face it, who else is doing this kinda complex, far-ahead stuff in 4-channel? Fifteen - love. Check da next release for the next installment of Mono's quality drive. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Well, the debut Mono release from Substance is an EP of some of the best trance-MODs I've ever heard. Yeah, yeah, I'm biased, but who can deny that these tunes kick considerable ass? "Zenith Aura" throws the percussion round like some serious mechanical maniacs got let loose in your computer, "Monotone" phases and hits like a pipe-toking robot bad-ass mofo, and "Trips Of Orange Capsules" is flowing, experimental, and relaxing all at once. There ain't no doubt that...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Mortimer Twang
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Licensed from our friends at Black Sista (thanks as ever to Ohgosh!), here's another wonderful Mortimer track that probably never reached as many people as it should have. This one especially rules because, just like The Wiseguys' "Ooh La La", it's just so much damn _fun_. We're hoping the Twangster's gonna come back with some more new tracks for bs!+m211 soon, but in the meantime, this'll have to do. And boy, it does pretty well. Altogether now..
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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This time round a visit to the sharper end of the Mono spectrum (no blunted beatz here..), and Substance's knack for the rhythmic but different shines thru. And 'liquid wax' describes the phasing SH-101 bass which is Kuu's trademark pretty well. Watch out for more Substance stuff soon, including tunes previously performed live at raves in Finland, heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Whiskas+Substance
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The first track from Whiskas to go out on the Mono label, and it's a large, scarily detailed remix of his good friend Substance. Never mind the size, listen to the depth - this is really stretching four channels as far as it can possibly go. Total originality is what the crowd wants, and it's what the crowd gets. :)
Topics: Whiskas+Substance, Whiskas, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Twilight+Mortimer Twang
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Another eagerly awaited release from one of the most eagerly listened to artists on Mono - and phew, another scorcher. Mortimer remixes Twilight's excellent "Crystal Rain" and takes it way above the temporal, onto another plane even. Chant those mantras, see the chords soar and the bass boom. :)
Topics: Twilight+Mortimer Twang, Twilight, Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A return, at last, for the rather versatile Substance, and here he is demonstrating succinct knowledge of the beep and tuck. Almost mechanoid, this is somewhere between Kraftwerk and Mu-Ziq, and has those gorgeously kiddie melodies so beloved of Warp-ish characters all the way from Sir Aphex to the recently recognised Plone. Back into the fold then, and good to go. Wheeeee.
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Monotonik
by Substance
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Ooch. Some serious roughness from the normally gentle and caring Substance. ;) Well, ok, he's hardly been a saint, but this is downright prosecutable. Jazz bass, twinkling hi-hats, and a buzz, buzz, buzz buzz in your eardrum bass from somewhere da other side of Pluto. The planet, not the cartoon character. Stand back before igniting.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The most excellent Substance comes back at us with this track, apparently inspired by the experimentalism of Radiohead's new album. Only more so. It's better not to over-elaborate, perhaps, but let's just say that this one is quite a long way.. out there.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Twilight+Mortimer Twang
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We're delighted to announce the return of the man known as Tee, and this track is the first remix he's done for Mono. Twilight's chemically enhanced original gets taken to bits, repainted, and put together backwards, and the grainy precision of Mortimer's remix is a joy to behold. 4 channels can still be way ahead, see? The decision to put two different remixes in one MOD is original too. And it even works. ;)
Topics: Twilight+Mortimer Twang, Twilight, Mortimer Twang, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Another substantial release from the marvellous minimal-trancer, and this time a mellower track, twinned with a trademark phasing, hihat-smearing tune. 4 channels ain't dead. :) There's more to come - watch out for a distinctly non-trademark triphop track from Substance in the coming releases. Whee, and what's more, wheee.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A new Monotonik track, and this time a fine release from Kuu. Actually, this one reminds us very much of the classic Harthouse/Eye-Q style of techno, which can only be a good thing. There's enough percussion in here to stun a horse. In case people are still wondering how Mono artists manage to get so much into 4 channels, there's an utility called MOD2SMP which allows the composer to compose a whole drum-pattern in 4 channels, and then output it as a sample which can be used in just 1 channel....
Topics: Substance, Monotonik